Myanmar 15 day cultural tour

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27 Dec 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Myanmar 15 day cultural tour

Environment

Interaction with wildlife will be limited during our time in Myanmar. We may encounter the occasional monkey at places such as Mount Popa. Our local guide will instruct us thoroughly on how to safely and responsibly interact with these monkeys as well as any other wildlife we may come across during our travels in Myanmar.

As in many countries across the world, Myanmar has its fair share of waste disposal issues; one of them being plastic. The plastic problem is entering more and more Burmese citizens' streams of consciousness and some locals have started an initiative in which they collect waste and create handicrafts out of it. We will be visiting a few local markets at which these handicrafts are sold. Also, we always encourage our travelers to bring their own personal water bottle and to fill it up with filtered water whenever possible in order to play a small role to alleviate the plastic problem.

In Myanmar, many non-touristy towns and villages have water shortages and we will be visiting some areas that experience this while in Chin State. While there and in every location we visit, we encourage our group to be mindful of their water usage and not to take long showers with the limited water supply in mind.

Every destination we travel to, we strongly recommend that our guests pay attention to their energy consumption during the trip. We encourage everyone to turn off lights when leaving their accommodation and to be mindful of how much and how long they use their air conditioning. We believe that if everyone puts in a small effort, no matter how small, this can end up making a difference!

We try to use one larger vehicle for transportation and "carpooling" whenever possible instead of using many smaller vehicles. During our tour, we will use forms of mass transportation whenever possible as we travel by mini-bus, local train and airplane.

The local guides, hotels and other vendors that we work with have all had to agree to meet our expectations when it comes to sustainability, the well-being of the environment and responsible travel. These are among some of the top criteria before we agree to work with any local businesses.

Community

Our local guides will feel like friends by the end of the tour. They will show us how the locals live by taking us on local transport such as the circular train in Yangon, eating at off the beaten path/non-tourist restaurants and shopping at local handicraft markets with goods made and sold by locals.

Myanmar has had a bumpy road in the past and is not without its issues today. Our guide will be there to show us the good and the bad of Myanmar as well as discussing solutions to some of the problems it faces currently. We will have the chance to visit the Chin State during which we will eat and shop locally in order to support the local Chin minorities who have only recently been formally recognized.

All of our guides and vendors that we work with in Myanmar are compensated well above the local standard of living because we believe that a happy and enthusiastic guide means an amazing tour that our guests will never forget!

As mentioned above, we try to support local communities as much as possible and will be visiting lots of local produce and craft markets during the tour. This is to benefit both the locals and the travelers. The locals earn income to support themselves and their families and the travelers get a taste of daily life in Myanmar.

We always emphasize respectful and mindful travel in every country we travel to. We include extensive information about the culture and social norms in the pre-departure notes that we send to those signed up for the trip prior to arrival in Yangon!

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